It is a story of deep yearning, a desire to hew “a stone of hope from a mountain of despair.”
God enters our greatest fear and anxiety with a counter-cultural message: there is enough.
Early church disputes over theology and orthodoxy can often be dismissed as irrelevant arguments over inane theological minutia; but, I believe the conversations were really about relationships.
Christ did not come to give us one more thing to argue about. God knows we have more than enough. He came not only that we might have an example of living a radically compassionate life, but also so that he could destroy once-and-for-all what St. Paul calls “the dividing wall of hostility between us”
Those between spaces where we find ourselves a lot of the time are not punishment, they are just a part of life. They are spaces where the blessed dew of God’s grace has a tendency of collecting.
To be the Church is to be concerned about others, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized among us, there is no way around that.
Faith... is a response to God’s goodness. God's goodness is not a response to our faith.
Situated among the complexity of our lives, Easter may not feel all that important, but in case you don’t know: joy lives in close proximity to possibility.
This week, which marks the final human steps of Jesus, is holy only inasmuch as it is rooted in the presence Christ – God incarnate – who comes into the middle of all of this dissonance and sets up a home here because holiness is not about purity. Holiness is about where God chooses to make God’s home
Jesus weeps, and his tears become a human expression of God's divine intention to enter our pain and confusion and to love us to life again and again because God is at God’s heart a God of life.